These are some really striking minimal illustrations with lovely twists for the British Academy film awards ceremony. The illustrations are by the French illustrator Malika Favre and feature the five nominees for best film. You can pick up a limited edition print from baftaprints.org.
My approach to illustration is about paring things down as much as possible. I try and get to the essence of my subject by using as few lines and colours as it needs to convey the core of the idea.
This is a really well shot documentary directed by Tamir Moscovici about Magnus Walker, an LA based car customiser who is extremely passionate about Porsche 911’s.
‘URBAN OUTLAW is a portrait of Magnus Walker, the rebel Porsche customizer who turned a hobby into an obsession, and an obsession into a successful business. From a workshop in downtown Los Angeles, Magnus obsessively harvests fragments from donor 911s, grafting them onto vintage frames to create one-off automobiles with the spirit of Ferdinand Porsche but an ethos entirely his own.’
Midnight Marauder is a Los Angeles based designer who is producing a series of great ‘fake’ Criterion film posters and DVD jackets. Apparently there are going to be prints available to buy soon. It’s an interesting mixture of different classic films (and some recent releases) with fresh approaches to the film branding that is often completely different to the original material released by the production companies.
Marauder’s work covers a lot of ground but focus on science fiction horror films and classic, good films that would be worthy of the Criterion treatment. His work ties extreme fandom with a great eye for graphic design. We’ve written about graphic design and movie posters before and what Marauder does is tie this sense of what the movie is with distilling it down to perfect representatives of the film. As you go through his work, you can tell that the truly fan made posters, products driven from an allegiance and love for a film.
Our local expert in architectural photography Paul Raftery has collaborated with director Dan Lowe to create a timelapse film showing the final weeks of construction of The Shard tower in London. It was shot over many long days during the early months of 2012, from locations spanning from Greenwich Park to Hampstead Heath.
The way the building sits in the London landscape and responses to the ever-changing London weather became a central theme, to the extent that we decided that we would frame The Shard centrally in every shot so as to emphasise its form and shape.
My work shooting architecture meant I had a pretty good idea of the best viewpoints and in some cases access to high points in London already arranged. That was a great help – but still the process was painstaking! Slowly through many hours of shooting and waiting for the right weather we started to get some workable footage.
We just got the chance to watch Closer to the Edge. The cinematography is breathtaking, with the sheer speed portrayed around the course. The documentary itself does hold your attention for the length of the film. The slow motion and panning shots must look amazing in 3D (we still need to buy a 3D projector). It makes you want to go and see the TT for real. But definitely not ride in it, Guy Martin’s fiery crash at 170mph underlines how dangerous it is. Not to mention the fatalities.
The viral advertising campaign for Promethius has started to bring out some really interesting material. The 2023 TED Talk (backed by TED itself) by Peter Weyland is really quite impressive in the way it plays on the TED setup for Talks. It’s quite amazing TED would allow it’s brand to be used in this type of advertising. This also links up with the viral corporate site for Weyland Industries.
Anticipation of the new Tron film is growing. The viral marketing for Legacy has been building over the past few months in a big way: http://www.flynnlives.com/ is one of the main viral sites. You can signup to help ‘track down all leads related to the mysterious disappearance of Kevin Flynn, digital pioneer and former CEO of ENCOM’. There’s some really retro files to discover including lots of ASCII art animations and other weird crypitc messages.
Daft Punk are also doing the soundtrack so it’s looking to be a real treat this Christmas.
We’ve been working on the Star Wars branding with Locutio Voice Technologies and Lucas Film for the Yoda voice product launch. To coincide with the product launch TomTom have created a new viral video deployed on YouTube. The video features Yoda in the recording studio delivering his lines for the GPS, quite funny. Dagobah!
adidas has teamed up with Lucas Film to push their Star Wars Originals collection. They’ve just released this two minute advert which features Snoop Dogg, Daft Punk, David Beckham, Jay Baruchel, Ciara, and Noel Gallagher in the Mos Eisley Cantina Scene from Star Wars. Snoop Dogg reaching for his Light Sabre is definitely one thing I thought I’d never see! The advert doesn’t feature any trainers, just a few instances of the Adidas logo on T-shirts. See the video over the fold.
Visiting Taschen’s website just broke the news that Dennis Hopper died yesterday at the age of 74 following a battle with prostate cancer. As a fan of Blue Velvet and Apocalypse Now I was sad to hear of his death but glad looking at his obituary to see what a rich and varied life he had as an artist.